Bullock drops White House bid, won’t run for Senate

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In this June 9, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Steve Bullock speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party’s Hall of Fame Celebration in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bullock is reporting more than $2 million in contributions during the second quarter of the year for his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) on Monday formally dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, ending a longshot campaign that failed to catch fire even as he attracted support from senior party officials and operatives.

Bullock, 53, was the only candidate in the Democratic contest who won election in a red state on the same day President Trump won the White House. He based his campaign on a promise to win back areas where Democrats have lost voters in recent years.

But he faced the same headwinds as two other governors who had already dropped their campaigns, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D): None could build a national movement to compete with a top tier led by a former vice president and two prominent senators.

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